Recs say thank you in style …

Back in December, our Recs took over the clubroom to celebrate Christmas and say thank you to Chris Lawn who stood down as their VC after an amazing eight years.

By all accounts, it was an awesome night led by new VC Malcolm … guessing there was a few jokes in there too, with catering by Rec Alison with business partner Sarah aka BSK Foodies. 

A celebratory blade had been organised for him but it wasn’t ready in time (always the way!) so a wooden spoon was painted as a substitute, which, I think. can be seen poking out of Malcom’s pocket! Chris can also be seen sporting a new apron …

Over 50 Recs attended which is testimony to the support for Chris.

In an update to the story, originally posted on Facebook, the celebratory blade has now been received and presented to Chris, a true work of art indeed … the blade not Chris, although Chris is indeed wearing well 😜

BRX tackle environmental and personal growth …

The weather was kind, the sun was out, and with tea and biscuits provided, it was a perfect day to volunteer for conservation work on the River Lee navigation near Kings Weir, Broxbourne.

Led by the Lee Valley Park Authority (LVPA) a group of volunteers from Broxbourne Rowing Club spent the day working on cutting back overgrown vegetation on the riverbank and hinterland.

Over the last couple of years, the rowing club has worked with both the LVPA and Canals and River Trust to improve the environment for both wildlife and river users. The Lea Valley Park Biodiversity team have obtained funding to adapt and improve a 2nd World War machine gun emplacement into a habitat for roosting bats.

By removing the non-native species and opening up the land to allow the light to seep through it will help local wildlife to flourish and encourage native species back into the area.

The Rowing Club embrace community spirt, and with members ranging from 12 to 80 plus years, they inspire inclusivity. They have recently added a new award called the Community Cup, this recognises the contribution that volunteers make, this can be in the wider environment such as river clearance or supporting new members learning to row.

The Community Cup is awarded to an individual who has contributed significant time and/or effort in volunteering including encouraging and supporting recreational rowing.  This includes championing the health and wellbeing benefits of the sport through an inclusive approach.

Chris Moody was presenting with the cup for his many years of running and organising the ‘Learn to Row’ courses at the club and encouraging the new rowers to follow their dreams whether it be as a member of the recreational squad or one of our racing squads. 

County Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop recently visited the club for the annual Club Head racing, the event brings all the members together for a morning of fun racing. Mixing up the crews ensures everyone can take part whether they are training to race at Henley or want a light paddle down the river.

Cllr. Mills-Bishop said “This club works as a community, with members across the ages ranges working together to get the best outcomes for all. They look beyond their own club and give back to the community with their volunteering.”

New learn to row courses will be running this spring for both adults and juniors.

British Rowing’s Go Row Indoor comes to Broxbourne

We are delighted to be offering a new indoor rowing fitness class, which is part of the new British Rowing GO ROW INDOOR initiative.  It is designed for all ages and abilities so don’t worry if you have never been near a rowing machine before. Indoor rowing is the perfect whole body exercise, using 85% of your muscles. Training on these machines develops an excellent cardiovascular system, core stability and whole body flexibility. Indoor rowing is low impact on the joints, making it suitable for all ages.

Starting at Broxbourne Rowing Club, the 45 mins sessions start on Sunday 16th February at 10am giving you plenty of time to get back for your Sunday lunch.

Non members £8
Club members £6

There are limited spaces so please make sure you book with Rob in advance to avoid disappointment.
Rob Mayes 07545 545984 or via email

Junior Learn to Row Easter Camps

Aged 12 – 17? Then this is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, be outdoors, and meet new people; full body exercise in the fresh air with new friends … what could be better?

Costing £100 for four three hour sessions, the course is taught by full qualified coaches, and will include the following, plus every participant will receive a T-shirt, Gym bag, Log book, and Certificate.

  • Water safety 
  • Rowing and sculling technique
  • Indoor rowing technique
  • Indoor racing
  • Mini regatta competition
  • Gym training for rowing 

There’s an option of two course dates:
Mon 6th – Thurs 9th April      10am – 1pm
Tues 14th – Fri 17th April   10am – 1pm
Please indicate which week you would prefer on the membership form. We expect to run the 2 courses but to assist us could you indicate 1 for first preference, 2 for second and X for if cannot attend make the course. If we are unable to run the only week that you are able to attend, we will of course refund the course fee.

There is, of course, a swimming requirement, which you will see on our declaration form, which is to be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing (rowing kit), tread water for 2 minutes and swim underwater for 5m.

Course payment: 
£100 payment Broxbourne Rowing Club sort code 20-20-37 account no. 00234095 and clearly indicate the name of your child as well as JL2R as the reference.

You will also need to complete the membership form which is on the Club website

New 18 – 30 Adult Learn to Row (LTR)

Broxbourne have introduced a new Learn to Row this year, taking those aged 18 – 30 through a slightly different LTR course with an aim to build our Development Squad and subsequently, our Senior Men and Women’s squads; racing is the objective, and the 18 – 30 LTR will give faster access to competitive rowing and integration with the Senior Squads.

The commitment for the course is currently Saturday 10 – 11am on the water, to be extended as the course and skills progress, and Ergo training on Thursday’s 7- 8pm to build stamina and strength.

The first course started on 1st February 2020, and we would hope to roll it out every two months or so to bring people through to Squads sooner. The cost of the course is £73.80, two months’ club membership.

If you are interested, please complete membership form AND make payment for the course. following which our Club Captain, Russell Theobald, will be in touch.

Adult Learn to Row: applications open ….

Our next adult introduction to rowing course will start on 28th and 29th March 2020,  and will run from 10:00 to 12:00 (except the first two weekends when the sessions will run longer to 1pm). The course is limited to 16 learners; to secure your place on the March 2020 adult learn to row course, you must complete the membership link AND pay the course fee.

The full dates of the course are :
28th and 29th March
4th and 5th April*
18th and 19th April
25th and 26th April
2nd and 3rd May
9th and 10th May
16th and 17th May
23rd and 24th May
*Please note the course will not run on Easter weekend 11th/12th April

The first 4 weeks will introduce you to Rowing, and the final 4 weeks you will develop skills in Sculling.

The cost of the course is £160, or £120 if you are aged 18 – 24.  You can book onto the course by making payment via bank transfer direct to the club (Broxbourne Rowing Club sort code 20-20-37 account no. 00234095) please include L2R and your name as reference, once you have paid please fill in our online membership application form, using the below link and please select “Introduction / learn to row course” for the category at the top and for membership category and squad in the form.

There is a maximum number of 16 places on the course, and once this is reached we will not be able to accept anyone else and the website will be updated, if you are not able to get on this course or make these dates you can complete the expression of Interest form above and you will be added to our waitlist and notified of our next course.

The course is aimed at men and women who are looking for a new challenge and want to learn to row. If you have played other competitive sports or regularly attend a gym and want to test yourself in a team environment, then rowing is the sport for you. Or if you’re new to sport and fitness and want to learn a new skill in a friendly and supportive environment, then come along.

The course is an introduction, we will teach you the core rowing and sculling technique while working on your rowing fitness. Sessions will take place on the land and river, and you will always be supervised by a coach who will lead the sessions. The course is an introduction and will hopefully whet your appetite to continue learning to row. There is no obligation to continue or sign-up as a member after the course but we hope you will have enjoyed your time enough that you are interested in joining one of our squads to develop your rowing further.

Please be at the club by 10:00 (if the car park is full, there is additional free public parking across the river) when you arrive ask for Chris Moody, Paul Breheny or learn to row.

You must be able to swim.  Please wear warm but flexible clothes e.g. tracksuit, leggings, shorts, fleece, t-shirt, waterproof top depending on the weather, layers are good.

The first weekend we will show you around the club, get you to practice in the gym, bank tub and if possible take you for a short outing in a boat.

Please read the additional information about rowing and our beginners course.

Following the course, if you want to continue you will be able to join the club and we will help you select the best group for you to train with depending on your aspirations.

If you have further questions please email all welcome.

Remembering Neil Fryer, 1936-2020.

After being in poor health for the last six months, Neil Fryer, 84, died on Thursday January 16th, 2020.

Neil built a successful business career spanning 40 years with Westminster Bank, know known as National Westminster Bank, while engaging in his two lifelong passions of Rowing and Jazz. Neil’s rowing started at school, he then joined Westminster Bank Rowing Club at Putney, where he rose to become the Captain. During this period he represented the club in the Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. He then joined Broxbourne Rowing Club in the early 70s, where, by using his banking business skills, became involved in helping to run the club and start building it up from the very small club it was in the 70s, to the highly successful club of 250 members it is today, with some members going on into the GB squad and attaining World and Olympic fame.

He took on the roles of Coach, Captain, Treasurer, President and finally Senior Trustee. He rowed competitively at the Club for many years. When he finished competing, Neil threw himself full time into coaching and supporting all crews wherever they were competing, in the UK or Overseas. Neil was also the British Rowing Rep for the Eastern Region for many years and a registered Umpire. His involvement and help on the administration and financial side of the club was also invaluable and continued long after stepping down from President in the 90s. 

He was an incredible walking encyclopedia of rowing Facts and Figures and the main source of knowledge for hundreds of rowers who would ring him continuously for his amazing retentive memory recall. Not only could he remember who won the The Grand or Thames Cup in any particular year, he would know the individual names of all the crews also.

This unbelievable memory also extended to his other passion, jazz and music generally. One could just hum, or whistle two bars of any tune and he would immediately tell you what the title was plus the artist and lyricist. He played the tenor sax in many jazz groups right up to his death and was very well known by the majority of top jazz musicians in and around the London Jazz scene, including Ronnie Scott and Humphrey Littleton who he was friends with.

Many famous jazz musicians and singers from all around the World come and play at Broxbourne Rowing Club’s “Jazz at The Boathouse” sessions that Neil organised and put on once per month for many years. Dedicated jazz followers would come miles to listen to the top musicians at a little rowing club on the banks of the River Lea in Hertfordshire. Neil will be missed by his family and friends, plus all those rowers that regularly want facts and figures from yesteryear.

He also drove in the equivalent of the British Touring Cars, against Jim Clark and counted the legends as friends, including Colin Chapman and Bob Dance of Lotus, Eric and Graham Broadley from Lola. 

Neil’s Funeral will be on Tuesday 18th Feb at 2pm at Woolensbrook Crematorium, Hoddesdon EN11 9BN and then at Broxbourne Rowing Club.